Matthew 6: Hey, Don't Worry!
By Jacob Mock
There are so many things in our world today that cause worry and anxiety. It seems that worry and anxiety are lying in wait for us, creeping around every corner. Everyone is susceptible to it. And the scariest part about it is you never know when it will show up. Anxiety is crippling. It has the power to take away all peace and comfort from your life in a matter of seconds. Worry has the power to make you feel completely hopeless. But, there is good news! Worry and anxiety don’t have the final word. Jesus Christ has the final word! This week in our Bible reading plan we reach Matthew 6, which is part of Jesus’ sermon on the mount. Jesus has some powerful words when it comes to worry and anxiety.
Matthew 6:25-26 says, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
We should all be comforted by these words spoken by Jesus. Jesus knows what each and every one of us is going through. He knows the pain. He knows the heartache. He knows the sorrow. He knows about the things that cause us to worry. And He tells all of us not to worry! I know that when we are worried about something, the least helpful and probably the most annoying piece of advice we can receive is, “hey, don’t worry.” Sometimes we might think that worry is the only response to certain situations. But these words come directly from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Jesus doesn’t just tell us not to worry and then leave it at that. He continues to tell us why she shouldn’t worry. We shouldn’t worry because God cares for us. God takes care of the birds, and you and I are much more valuable to God than the birds. God will take care of you!
Matthew 6:33-34 says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” What should we do instead of worry? We should seek God first. Rather than becoming so overwhelmed with worry and anxiety, turn straight to God. The amazing promise of Scripture is that if we seek God first and foremost, if we make God our number one priority, “all these things will be added to us.” Trust in God. Seek Him first! Spend time with Him through prayer and His word each and every day, and watch how He takes care of you just like He promises.